On Traveling…Keep Calm & Carry On ✈️

 

‘Travel changes you. As you move through this life and the world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life and travel leaves marks on you.”   -Anthony Bordain

 

Bonjour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life has become less hectic since  moving to the Oregon coast…

 

 

I have worked hard to keep things simple…

 

 

more minimal…

 

 

and yet still fun. Pleasure

 

 

This is especially true for my wardrobe

 

 

 

That being said packing for a trip…

 

 

can s.t.i.l.l. be a bit challenging.

 

 

Fortunately with a lifestyle that has become lighter…

 

 

it is now easier for me to pack for travel…less baggage

 

 

planning exactly what to take…

 

 

in order to accommodate…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

all the various things…

 

 

 

 

I might be doing and having pieces that transition well.

 

 

Packing for chillier weather can be a little tricky too…

 

 

so I make sure to pack clothes that can easily be layered.

 

 

Here are a few simple tips that I keep in mind for traveling.

 

 

1. Plan ahead…Before heading anywhere I will usually take the time to sit and think about the trip. What I’ll be doing charting some notes down so I get a better idea of what to pack. I often check the forecast so that I can pack accordingly.

 

 

2. Make a packing list… I usually begin early doing this… thinking about how many days and nights I’ll be gone and then I start my packing process. Things that I know I will need for the trip…how many days or even weeks in advance before the actual trip.

 

 

That way, if I need to purchase something I have enough time to do so!

 

 

3.  Lay it all out… I like to try it all on. I actually enjoy trying different outfits on and making sure that they transition nicely together. Jeans, black pants, several tops, a sweater, skirt/dress that I plan on strategically wearing together.

and…

 

 

once everything is packed…

 

 

4. Decide what to wear on a plane

Air travel is exciting, but it can also be incredibly uncomfortable. For this reason, comfort is my primary concern. I enjoy wearing jean leggings…they have just the right amount of  stretch…comfort and style. I layer either a tunic…vest…or cardigan…comfy flats and bag which holds a loose fitting scarf, and other easily accessible items I might need.

 

 

Marcia
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End of September….

 

 

  A house is built with walls & beams…a Home is built with hopes and dreams

-from a French mural

Hello…

 

 

With summer over and October just around the corner…

 

 

I’m reminded what a scrumptious summer this has been

 

 

The joy of company…a few get-aways and just recently several simple fun projects completed…I’m ready for October

 

 

 a decorative bike…a fresh coat of paint…polka dotted seat…

 

 

and a large bouquet of dried hydrageneas presenting a somewhat autumn-y feel.

 

 

 a new pathway in the backyard

 

 

will come in quite handy once the rainy season arrives

 

 

it was easy freshening up a wreath to the entrance…

 

 

with pops of coral…

 

 

However…my favorite mini project was a fresco looking mural recently completed this past week.

 

 

Deciding on an area above the small dresser which sits in the living room

 

 

I got to work…

 

 

 adding a special touch…

 

 

 

 

a certain something…je ne sais quoi

 

 

to a cozy room intended for small gatherings.

 

 

These projects…

 

 

will surely brighten up a cottage…

 

 

and new month.

 

 

How about you… anything new going on?

 

 

 

October Blessings….🍂

 

 

Marcia
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Feeling Fall🍂

 

”The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”~Marcel Proust

 

Hello…🍂

 

 

This time of year the light becomes illuminating…

 

 

 

 

Outside the first yellow leaves are beginning to fall…🍂

 

 

🍂For me a new energy buzzes in the air…

 

 

calling for a change of pace…🍂

 

 

🍂and scenery.

 

 

The season is in transition…🍂

 

 

🍂The end of summer…

 

 

and early autumn In the garden…🍂

 

 

 

 

🍂can be a tricky moment to negotiate…

 

 

With some of the beds looking a bit ragged…🍂

 

 

the hydrangeas…

 

 

and roses continue to bloom…

 

 

putting out new buds.

 

 

Autumn can be magnificent…it might be my favorite time of year…with the glowing afternoon light…

along with the chilly air…🍂🍁🍂🍁

 

 

🍂at the end of the day, a garden is never really done…

 

 

It is always striving for improvement…🍂

 

 

🍂and a work in progress.

 

 

It’s the stuff of dreams🍁

 

 

🍂Happy Fall!🍁

 

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Here is the perfect comfort food for when you are feeling Fall.

 

MACARONI AND CHEESE

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 pound elbow macaroni

4 tablespoons butter

two eggs

6 ounces evaporated milk

1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon kosher salt

fresh black pepper

3/4 teaspoon dry mustard

10 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded

 

 

DIRECTIONS

 

 In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente and drain.

 

 

Return to the pot and melt in the better. Toss to coat.

 

 

Whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and mustard.

 

 

Stir into the pasta and add the cheese.

 

 

Over low heat continue just her for three minutes or until creamy.

Enjoy!

 

Marcia
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Simple Charming Autumn

 

“The world is ruled by letting things take their course.”

Lao-Tzu

 

Hello!

 

 

Fall has arrived…🌻well almost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something which reminds me that…

 

 

summer is coming to an end…

 

 

are the flowers…

 

 

in my garden

 

 

 

 

These beautiful orange flowers ( I don’t know their name… do you?) begin blooming late summer into early Fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are so beautiful and present a moment of stunning seasonal inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 which allows me to bring the outdoors in and create…

 

 

what I call simple charm for Autumn in a sweet cottage

 

 

by the sea…

 

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BAKED ZITI

Joe loves pasta. That being said Joe chose this weeks date-day meal. He has been training for a marathon (this weekend) and pasta is a great carb for runners. I’ve been the beneficiary of his wonderful choice of food. The good news is you don’t have to be training for a marathon to enjoy this easy…yummy…three cheese layered delight. However…I can’t promise you that you won’t need to walk around the block a few times. sorry about that

 

 

1 (16 ounce) package ziti pasta

24 ounces ricotta cheese

 

 

1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese

1 egg, beaten

 1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

 

DIRECTIONS 

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al~dente; drain and rinse.

 

 

In a medium bowl, mix ziti, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg and 1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce.

 

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

 

 

Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and spoon in ziti mixture. Top with remaining spaghetti sauce, followed by Parmesan cheese.

 

 

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes…

 

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let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Cheers to a great weekend!

 

 

Marcia
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Just a Cottage…

 

“He who loves an old house never loves in vain”

Isabel Fiske Conant

 

 

Hello…hello…hello!

 

 

I’ve been quite the social butterfly over here…

 

 

 

 

And with each passing social event…

 

 

there seems to be new discoveries living on the Oregon coast particularly in a vintage cottage.

 

 

There’s no question that my love for cottage style is fueled by what I call charm (old and imperfect)

 

 

I confess that I find beauty in the chipped teacup…chippy paint….a sometimes wobbly leg…the once new and now well worn home. There are times I actually struggle with replacing the old original.

 

 

At some level I treasure the realness and the story that comes with the character of the house more than making everything new.

 

 

Even when something is imperfect it is the imperfection that speaks at times the strongest to me.

 

 

Case in point there is a kitchen drawer which drops a little when pulled out too far…and a quirky cupboard cabinet that doesn’t stay closed even after you close it.

 

 

I am learning that somewhere in between the up-to-date and modern in this 1940s vintage there is a balance. Finding ways to elevate life…celebrate simplicity….and yet embracing an inspired lifestyle beautifully decorated.

 

 

That my sweet friends, is not only a game changer…it’s perfection

 

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BLUEBERRY COBBLER

 

 

INGREDIENTS

(Blueberry Filling)

 

 

6 cups fresh blueberries, sorted, rinsed and dried

one cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest

3 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour for the biscuit crumble topping

one cup +5 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour

6 tablespoons granulated cane sugar

1  1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon table salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter chilled and cut into bits

one large egg slightly beaten

one teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon granulated cane sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg  optional

DIRECTIONS

 Arrange oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 375°. Lightly batter 10 inch or 2 quart baking dish.

 

 

Prepare the blueberry filling: place blueberries into prepared baking dish. In a small bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest. Add the flour and whisk  until thoroughly combined. Sprinkle mixture evenly over berries in prepared baking dish and toss gently.

 

 

Make sure the sugar and flour mixture is evenly distributed over the filling  with no mounting in the center or in any one place. This will ensure the sugar will caramelize and the flour will thicken evenly throughout the cobbler with the berry juices. Set aside.

 

 

 Prepare the Buttery Biscuit Crumble Topping: in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until well combined. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles a course meal with a small pea-sized pieces of butter. In a small bowl, whisk vanilla into beaten egg using a fork.

 

 

With a fork, gently toss beaten egg and vanilla into flour mixture until moistened and dough starts to hold together. Continue to toss and blend gently with fingertips until well combined yet taking care not to overwork the dough.

 

 

Assemble the Cobbler: Sprinkle biscuit crumble topping  evenly over fruit filling. Sprinkle biscuit crumble topping with sugar and, if desired, dust with freshly grated nutmeg.

 

 

Alternatively, dust with cinnamon/sugar combining sugar and cinnamon before sprinkling over topping. If desired, dust freshly grated nutmeg over cinnamon/sugar.

 

 

Bake the cobbler: Bake in preheated oven until topping is golden brown and filling is cooked through and bubbly about 40 to 45 minutes. To prevent over-browning of topping, cover with sheet of aluminum foil after 25 minutes of baking. Remove foil and carefully transfer to wire rack to cool.Avenue typing,

 

 

Serve the Cobbler: serve cobbler warm ala mode and with fresh whipped cream or both! Makes 8 to 10 servings.

 

 

 

Marcia
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